BBC: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Iran must take more steps to dispel concern about its nuclear programme, Russian media have reported. He said Iran should ratify a protocol signed last year with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and end its uranium enrichment programme. Iran says it will reject any proposal for a complete halt to such activities.
AFP: An Iranian soldier has been charged with killing a party-goer during a raid on an illegal mixed-sex gathering, the student news agency ISNA reported Saturday.
Security forces raided the party in the town of Karaj, west of Tehran, and one soldier opened fire, shooting dead one of the guests.
AFP: An Iranian man convicted of a series of robberies has had four fingers on his right hand amputated in public, the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper reported Saturday.
The man, who was only identified as Hamid H., was reportedly caught by locals in the southwestern city of Ahvaz while he was out on a burglary in September 2003.
Xinhuanet: Iraqi police have arrested 135 Afghanis and Pakistanis who infiltrated from the Iraqi-Iranian border, the Al Sabah Al Jadid newspaper reported on Saturday. "Border guards forces, a department of the Iraqi police, carriedout a search campaign in villages and border areas with Iran and arrested 135 infiltrators carrying Afghani and Pakistani nationalities," a police source was quoted as saying.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 16 - A 13-year-old schoolgirl has been sentenced to stoning in the town of Marivan (northwestern Iran). Zhila Izadi was condemned to death by stoning after giving birth to a child in prison 2 weeks ago.
RPS News: In an interview of the Iraqi journalist Mohammed Khalaf on Radio Free Syria, Mr. Khalaf confirmed that democracy in Iraq is contingent upon the taming of Iran and Syria, both destructive forces against a rising Iraqi democracy. In Iraq, Mr. Khalaf was able to obtain intelligence on the ground that confirmed that Iran and Syria are assisting the insurgents for the sole aim to destroy the country.
IRNA: Iran will sign a contract with France's Total Company on development of phase 11 of South Pars gas field and the LNG production unit. The Persian-language daily 'Abrar-e Eqtesadi' on Saturday quoted Managing Director of Iran's National Oil Company (NIOC) Mehdi Mirmoezzi as saying Total Company won the tender for development of phase 11, adding talks are currently underway to finalize the contract.
Voice of America: Iran says it will reject any proposal to end its work on uranium enrichment, a process that could be used to make nuclear weapons.
Hossein Mousavian, a senior Iranian official involved in the nuclear negotiations, has told state television his country will not accept any plan that requires it to drop what he calls "its legitimate right" to enrich uranium to make fuel.
Reuters: Iran says it will reject any proposal to halt uranium enrichment, a step European Union diplomats are proposing to end a row over whether Iran is seeking atomic weapons.
EU diplomats have said they are seeking U.S. and Russian support for a deal that would ask Iran to give up uranium enrichment in return for technical and economic assistance.
AFP: An operation by US and Iraqi forces south of Baghdad has netted two Syrian "terrorists" and an unknown number of Iranians, an official from Iraq's national guard said on Friday. US-led forces, Iraqi police and national guardsmen conducted the two-day sweep in a belt of farming towns -- Mahmudiyah, Latifiyah and Iskandariyah -- known as the triangle of death ...
AFP: Iran will reject any European proposal for a complete cessation of its work on the nuclear fuel cycle, but is willing to consider further "confidence-building" measures and extending a suspension of uranium enrichment, a top Iranian official told AFP Saturday.
AFP: Envoys from the Group of Eight industrialized nations met here Friday to discuss ways of making Iran give up its alleged nuclear weapons program but reached no decisions on a European proposal to offer Tehran incentives to do so, a senior US official said.
Reuters: European powers will offer Iran a deal next week in a final bid to persuade the Islamic republic to end its suspected arms-related nuclear programmes or face possible sanctions, the United States says. The announcement on Friday came after a meeting of the Group of Eight industrial powers in Washington where Britain, France and Germany presented a package of "carrots and sticks" ...
The Washington Times: The Bush administration yesterday refused to back away from its demand that Iran be referred to the U.N. Security Council over its nuclear program next month, even as European allies said they will offer Tehran a deal next week.
New York Times: The United States reached an informal agreement Friday to let Britain, France and Germany offer a deal to Iran next week in which Tehran would immediately suspend its nuclear fuel enrichment program in return for a discussion on future economic benefits and other incentives, European diplomats said.
Washington Post: The United States yesterday effectively and reluctantly agreed to allow three European nations to launch a final diplomatic initiative aimed at persuading Iran to accept a plan that would block it from developing a nuclear weapon, U.S. and European officials said.
The Guardian: Senior US and European officials were locked in last-ditch negotiations in Washington last night to defuse the crisis over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons programme.
Ahead of a crucial meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna next month, the EU troika of Britain, France and Germany has drawn up a package of sweeteners in the hope of persuading Tehran to abandon its advanced uranium enrichment programme.